Hello Blogland!! I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend!! I’ll be sharing the last of the photo’s from the Heritage festival last weekend.
Soldiers during the Civil War had it really rough, especially those on the Confederate side. Lack of food, exhaustion, poor sanitation, having to sleep out in the weather all contributed to the spread of “camp diseases”. Almost as many soldiers died from these as were killed or injured. Disease such as Typhoid, malaria, dysentery, Scurvy, and other nutritional disorders took their toll. The lack of effective medicines and treatments made it difficult to contain these diseases.
Another less “talked about” hazard to the soldiers were rampant STD’s. “Camp-followers”and city brothels offered ample encounters with prostitutes. Sexually transmitted diseases, primarily syphilis and gonorrhea, were common in the armies of both North and South. Among white Union troops, there were 182,800 cases of both diseases combined. There were no effective treatments, and there would be none until long after the war. Among the techniques they tried were rest, diet, injection of various metals in to the urethra, internal use of mercury compounds and even the application of mercury vapor on the surface of the body. Reports that nearly one-third of post-war deaths in veterans’ homes were due to late-stage venereal disease show the futility of these treatments.
Here is a collage of pictures of how the soldiers lived during this time.
The Pry House, which was McClellans/Union headquarters during the battle, had many displays of medical equipment and a field hospital set-up used during the era. As I had noted before, Clara Barton, founder of the Red Cross and nursing as we know it, came into prominence during the battle here. Battlefield medicine and emergency medicine as we know it today came into being during the Civil War. Triage was first used during the Battle of Antietam.
Many of you know I work as a project engineer on an army base. The base I work on is part of the Army Medical Command. We supply the military with medical supplies and develop new cutting edge medical equipment. I was very proud to see a display at the Pry Museum of a current battlefield ambulance and emergency equipment juxtaposed with a Civil War Era ambulance. The strides made in emergency and battlefield care is amazing!!
Lastly I’m going to share photo’s of the Heritage Festival that was held in town. Lot’s of food and craft vendors with musical entertainment.
And now onto the fashion portion of the post. Broke out a maxi and “autumnized” it. I’ve decided to put them away until next spring so I’ll be excited to see them again-like new clothes. Plus I am planning to add more via thrifting or sewing over the winter.
Here’s the accessories:
I can’t forget some gratuitous puppy photo’s!! I have a picture of the ever-elusive Mr.Bill snoozing.
And of course, I can’t forget Her Highness. I’ll be glad when some of the celebrity ‘tude wears off!!
I’ll be linking up for Visible Monday and Monday Mingle!!
Stop by tomorrow for Makeover Monday and see what can be done with popcorn tins, yardsale finds and some spray paint!!